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How to develop spatial thinking and what for

How to develop spatial thinking and what for

“A child’s fantasy is limitless, that’s why it is vitally important to reveal it, develop and put into life”  

What is spatial thinking, why is it necessary for every human and what “instruments” must be used in order to develop the children’s spatial thinking – tells the teacher of “Creative workshop” course in CISC, award winner of three “Teacher of the year” contests, Iryna Gavryliuk. Continue reading

Art, music and philosophy as the basis for the view of the world. Cultural component in education

Art, music and philosophy as the basis for the view of the world. Cultural component in education

“Studying art, music, history and philosophy is vitally significant for personal development of each human and society as a whole”.   

An important component of educational programme in Creative International School for Children is culture. We pay a lot of attention to that aspect since we are most sure that a culturally educated person = a conscious and healthy personality. This year in CISC_Kyiv we implemented a course unique for Ukraine, “Art, music and philosophy” developed for us by “Cultural Project” educational institution.

Project coordinator Tatiana Dubych is happy to enlighten us on the project, the role of art in life, teaching methods, specifics and results.

“Music, art and philosophy” course was developed specifically for integration into the educational process. Why is this project unique?

This project includes three disciplines – visual arts, music (audio arts) and philosophy (mental art). During the year a child obtains experience from all these three spheres. We teach the children to perceive, analyze and form their opinion on any matter.

There is a tendency in Ukrainian society – we are not capable of making a choice, of treating our lives and everything around us consciously. It’s vitally important to realize that education and culture make our personal level higher. An educated person will never make his/her job improperly, since someone’s life or well-being may depend on it.

Studying art, music, history and philosophy is vitally significant for personal development of each human and society as a whole. But it is better to start in school since it is the very place the child’s personality and self-consciousness is formed. And everything a child masters in school will linger for the whole life.

What is the main purpose and structure of the course?

The main principle is “from basic to complicated”. For example, we build the programme of art history (usually taught only at the first years in universities) starting from simple and recognizable things and towards a more systemic view for the children to understand it easier.

In the fifth grade the children study the history of art through horses, furniture, clothes, mountains etc. We show the images of horses and study how different artists in different periods depicted those animals – from prehistoric grafittis on cave walls, to the artists of Renaissance, realists, surrealists, abstractionists etc. So it’s as if we were simply looking at pictures of the horses, but actually we get a glimpse of the art history throughout the ages.

This way, a child remembers that the Ancient Greece came after prehistoric art, and the surrealism came long after that, at the same time obtaining lots of emotional and aesthetical experience. As well as the experience of “diversity” – the children may see that each different work of art has the right to exist.

The children also engage in creative process and study the artists’ biographies through interesting and understandable facts, peculiar moments from biographies, conditions in which the artists worked, how they acieved their goals.

Then, when the children obtain a certain level of basic knowledge, some awareness of art history, styles and reasons for their evolving, we start studying modern art. Since studying it without any knowledge of the classics is complicated and strange. It’s the only way for the children to fathom the modern art,with all its informality, oddity, irrationality, critical aspects and creativity.I.e. with all the competences necessary in modern school and prerequisite for a successful modern person.

The general purpose of the course is edcuating a counscious, educated personality, able of making a choice and bearing a responsiblility for it. At the same time, developing the children’s analytical, logical and critical thinking, the ability of listening to others, chosing, forming and formulating thoughts and opinions. At the lessons, the children constantly interact between themselves and with the teacher.

As regards the “Art” comopnent, at some stage the children even create a painting in a certain artist’s style. What is the purpose of such approach?

At first, we select a famous artist, study his/her biography, analyze the works and view. And then we paint, using the same paint, paper or other base as that artist used. We try to imitate the conditions in which the artist worked.

Through such work we can comprehend how that exact artist saw the world, why he expressed that way, and how I can express myself. The child may realize that there is a certain way of expressing personality.


And through analyzing the diversity and beauty of the art works, emotional intellect is greatly stimulated.

What main methods do you use at “Philosophy” course in order to make it more productive and interesting for the children?  

The whole “Philosophy” course is based on P4С – Philosophy for children. This approach evolved at the same time in the USA and the USSR (Matthew Lipman and Sukhomlynsky).

The essence of P4C approach is raising questions, giving reasons and arguments for the answer, the ability to chose your opinion and changing it in case there is respective argumentation. These things are complex, but necessary for democratic society.

And again, we start in the fifth grade from such simple and understandable categories as: friendship, laziness, what I want/don’t want. I.e. the things currently important for the children. In senior classes we raise more complicated matters for discussion (discrimination, tolerance, death, responsibility, law) and study the history pf philosophy.

The teacher does not tell about such notions academically. At the lessons, the teacher is a facilitator, providing the materials, the opportunity to talk, think, express opinion, he coordinates or guides the discussion to keep it within the direction necessary to reveal the topic. And, as the result, the children draw their own map of freedoms by interacting with peers and with the teacher.

At “Music” course the children not only study various musical styles ans composers, but learn to comprehend their musical likes/dislikes and form a critical attitude to musical art. Please tell us, why is this important?   

Our goal is helping the child filter the sound stimuli and select what he/she likes instead of following everything that modern music industry promotes. We teach the children to treat the whole musical flow consciously, so that the child could make own choices and understand what is good or bad. In order to do so, you must have the knowledge about music, its theory, voices, rhythms, styles. when you know the components, you can see the whole picture more clearly.

What are the specifics of this course’s implementaiton in school?

The children listen attentively, they are interested, they contemplate, they ask questions, they think.With each following lesson the children strart raising more complicated matters for discussion, they become more free in expression and communication, their articulation becomes better and the speech more harmonious.

The ability of realizing own feelings and expressing them is of great worth. The dynamics of CISC students in this aspect is great. You can see that the children have the freedom of expression, the freedom to feel, the freedom of realizing “I can do it, I have the skills”. The children start revealing and expressing themselves.

By studying art, we can become interesting personalities, we become able of having a structured view of human civilization development, together with a more structured inner consciousness. It’s a great goal, and we should start achieving it from school since the children are more open to studying fundamental things.


Interview with a psychologist. How to teach Your child to wake up with pleasure

Interview with a psychologist. How to teach Your child to wake up with pleasure

“Every day brings something new. We were born to meet this life with joy”  

Waking up happy and content is an art. And everyone can master it. Olha Volcheliuk, practical psychologist in Creative International School for Children, Kyiv, gives her guidance: how to make morning wakening pleasant, how to organize morning activities and the preparation to night sleep, and what can stimulate a child’s good morning mood.

1. For some children waking up in the morning is a very unpleasant process that might end with a tantrum or tears. Please name the main reasons why for some children waking up = hard challenge. 

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7 reasons to study robotechnics

7 reasons to study robotechnics

Robotechnics is an applied science dealing with design, development, construction and use of robots and robotic systems. For what purpose? For automatization of complex technological processes and operations.

Robotechnics is one of obligatory subjects in most of the European schools. The special part about learning this subject is its practicability. And, most importantly, this field of science unifies programming, algorithmics, logic, mechanics, math, design engineering and physics. By creating something interesting and unusual, a child develops his/her creative abilities at the same time advancing the level of knowledge in the field of exact sciences.

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Developing a child’s creativity

Developing a child’s creativity

How can we develop creativity which is a key component necessary for success in every undertaking and one of the most vital XXI century skills?

The earlier we start, the more efficient the result will be.   😊

Here we offer you several interesting recommendations for developing a child’s creativity, worked out by J.Gawen   рекомендацій щодо розвитку дитячої креативності, які розробив американський психолог Дж. Гауен.

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Storytelling as a teaching method

Storytelling as a teaching method

Language is a complex psychological process, impossible to be estimated and developed separately from thinking or perception.  Educational material provided as an interesting and exciting story favours the development of personal traits, demonstrates the uniqueness of each child’s imagination, allows demonstrating activity and creativity. Since modern children spend a lot of their time online, real-life communication becomes an art to be taught. And the storytelling method is just the right thing to apply.

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